DERC’s Aims

Large Marsh Grasshopper

Large Marsh Grasshopper

Photo: Andrew Philpott

DERC’s aims are:

  • To collect and provide quality biological and geological data for the county;
  • To ensure that the data is available quickly and efficiently;
  • To be actively involved in Dorset’s Biodiversity Projects;
  • To provide workshops and publications for both organisations and individuals.

DERC has over a million records entered onto its main database (RECORDER), including many records of rare and notable species. The database stores and cross-references information very efficiently and can recall species and site information almost instantly.

We also run satellite databases with local groups. We can advise how to manage a database, and ensure that the systems remain compatible. Regular exchange of data between satellites and the main database means the fullest dataset is readily available.